MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 16,085 this week

Samson & Delilah (2009)
"Samson and Delilah" (original title)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  7 May 2009 (Australia)
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 2,336 users   Metascore: 71/100
Reviews: 41 user | 63 critic | 6 from Metacritic.com

Samson and Delilah's world is small- an isolated community in the Central Australian desert. When tragedy strikes they turn their backs on home and embark on a journey of survival. Lost, ... See full summary »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 45 titles
created 27 Dec 2010
 
a list of 40 titles
created 26 Oct 2011
 
a list of 43 titles
created 29 Nov 2012
 
a list of 39 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 21 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Samson & Delilah (2009)

Samson & Delilah (2009) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Samson & Delilah.
19 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The story of Lena, the light-skinned daughter of an Aboriginal mother and Irish father and Vaughn, a Murri boy doing time in a minimum security prison in North West NSW. Dramatic events ... See full summary »

Director: Ivan Sen
Stars: Dannielle Hall, Damian Pitt, Jenna Lee Connors
Mad Bastards (2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

TJ's quest to find the son he's never known, takes him on a journey across the remote and stunning Kimberley landscape. On the road, TJ questions his life of violence... he meets a host of ... See full summary »

Director: Brendan Fletcher
Stars: Dean Daley-Jones, Lucas Yeeda, Greg Tait
Ten Canoes (2006)
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A story within a story. In Australia's Northern Territory, a man tells us one of the stories of his people and his land. It's a story of an older man, Minygululu, who has three wives and ... See full summary »

Directors: Rolf de Heer, Peter Djigirr
Stars: Crusoe Kurddal, Jamie Gulpilil, Richard Birrinbirrin
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Vimukthi Jayasundara
Stars: Kaushalaya Fernando, Nilupili Jayawardena, Hemasiri Liyanage
Toomelah (2011)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

In a remote Aboriginal community, 10 year old Daniel yearns to be a gangster, like the male role models in his life. Skipping school, getting into fights and running drugs for Linden, who leads the main gang in town.

Director: Ivan Sen
Stars: Daniel Connors, Christopher Edwards, Michael Connors
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

During one unusually hot and tragic weekend, four people struggle after hearing some life-changing news, this in turn brings them together.

Director: Sarah Watt
Stars: Mary Kostakidis, Justine Clarke, Daniela Farinacci
The Tracker (2002)
Drama | History | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

It's 1922; somewhere in Australia. When a Native Australian man is accused of murdering a white woman, three white men (The Fanatic, The Follower and The Veteran) are given the mission of ... See full summary »

Director: Rolf de Heer
Stars: David Gulpilil, Gary Sweet, Damon Gameau
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Corina Van Eijk
Stars: Charles Alvez da Cruz, Charlotte Besijn, Anouk Briefjes
Samson and Delilah (TV Movie 1984)
Adventure | Fantasy | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Director: Lee Philips
Stars: Max von Sydow, Belinda Bauer, Stephen Macht
The Darkside (2013)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Warwick Thornton
Stars: Deborah Mailman, Shari Sebbens
First Australians (TV Series 2008)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

First Australians chronicles the birth of contemporary Australia as never told before, from the perspective of its first people. First Australians explores what unfolds when the oldest ... See full summary »

Sanson y Dalila (TV Movie 1989)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Stars: Agnes Baltsa, Plácido Domingo, Alain Fondary
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rowan McNamara ...
Samson
Marissa Gibson ...
Delilah
Mitjili Napanangka Gibson ...
Nana (as Mitjili Gibson)
Scott Thornton ...
Matthew Gibson ...
Samson's Brother / Verandah Band (as Matthew 'MG' Gibson)
Peter Bartlett ...
Store Manager
Noreen Robertson Nampijinpa ...
Community Lady (as Noreen Robertson)
Kenrick Martin ...
Wheelchair Boy (as Kenrick 'Ricco' Martin)
Audrey Martin ...
Payback Auntie
Fiona Gibson ...
Payback Aunty
Morgaine Wallace ...
Checkout Lady
Tony 'Brownie' Brown ...
Security Guard
Roland Gallois ...
Art Gallery Owner
Patricia Shelper ...
Art Store Lady
Alfreda Glynn ...
Art Store Customer
Edit

Storyline

Samson and Delilah's world is small- an isolated community in the Central Australian desert. When tragedy strikes they turn their backs on home and embark on a journey of survival. Lost, unwanted and alone they discover that life isn't always fair, but love never judges. Written by Beck Cole

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

True Love.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

7 May 2009 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Samson & Delilah  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Warwick Thornton cast his own brother Scott in the film as Gonzo, despite his sibling being an alcoholic since the age of 16. Thornton insisted that his brother go into rehab before starting on the movie. Scott managed to clean up for the film but relapsed back into alcoholism two weeks after shooting completed. See more »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: 25 Years of Margaret & David (2011) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Confronting
22 September 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This is an uncanny film which shows a side to Australia most Australians would prefer not to know. First Time Director Thornton presents a series of small tragedies without preaching, moralising and mostly without words, in a similar way to Cronenberg's masterpiece Spider. He creates an uncomfortable atmosphere, which is confronting but wholly realistic.

The main characters rarely speak. Delilah speaks only in an aboriginal tongue. Samson says one word in the whole movie, and that is a laboured attempt to say his own name. Other characters speak English freely, creating a point of difference between Samson and Delilah and the world they encounter. It also alienates them further.

This film gives a snapshot of the effects of substance abuse, extreme poverty, the violence within aboriginal society as well as the violence directed at it and worse of all the general apathy of the white population to these issues. The acting is unpretentious, the soundtrack sparse and conversation is absent.

The tragedies experienced by aboriginal people have no simple solutions. The first step toward a solution is to be aware that there is a problem. This film does that in spades. The sparse non-verbal presentation makes the viewer have to work to interpret the images shown. In the process one may glean an intuitive understanding, which is often the role of art.

Highly recommended.


22 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
1st Aussie movie to get 5 stars from both David + Margaret bittersweet_smiler
I so wanted to like this film. perama-1
This film just won Warwick Thornton the Camera d'Or at Cannes... CitrusWithFuschiaTrim
What was Samson's last name? ebn218
What music was the Delilah character listening to? blue-3
Music Score?? oasy
Discuss Samson & Delilah (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?